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Tale of Tales (2015)

Il racconto dei racconti - Tale of Tales (original title)
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From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.

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Jonah
Laura Pizzirani ...
Jonah's Mother
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Fenizia
Michael Martini ...
1st Circus Boy
Alessandro Campagna ...
2nd Circus Boy
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Storyline

The film serves as Garrone's English-language debut and will interweave three separate story strands bookended by brief bits in which Italians Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini will play a street circus family. In one tale Salma Hayek will play a jealous queen who forfeits her husband's life. In another, Vincent Cassel plays a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters. Written by moha alomari

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king | queen | castle | ogre | circus | See All (47) »

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Fables for the grown ups. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Rated R for sexuality, nudity, some violence and bloody images | See all certifications »

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22 April 2016 (USA)  »

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Tale of Tales  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€897,983 (Italy), 18 May 2015, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,000, 24 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,809, 22 May 2016
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Trivia

When Violet strums her guitar and sings a song, her clothes, hair, guitar and the overall appearance of the scene recreate very closely a famous painting by Jan Vermeer ("The Guitar Player"). See more »

Goofs

Jonah plunges his knife into the root of a tree to bring forth a spring of water, telling Elias that as long as the water flows clear, then all is well with him. The tree appears to be a Ficus macrophylla or Moreton Bay Fig Tree from Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, and first described in 1807. It is unlikely that any large specimens of these trees were growing in Europe during the period in which the movie is set. See more »

Quotes

Elias: I like being with him.
Elias: He's like a brother to me.
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Soundtracks

Sì dolce è 'l tormento, SV 332
(from "Quarto scherzo delle ariose vaghezze")
Composed by Claudio Monteverdi
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Beautiful
22 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a pure piece of beauty. The direction is amazing, the photography is beyond perfection and the music is inspiring. The locations are unusual and yet are all in Italy. Of course, since the movie is an intersection three fairy tales (not for children, as they're pretty harsh), don't expect the most intriguing plot ever, but its execution has been magistral. I did not give 10 because of the screenplay, which is sometimes a little predictable, and because of the acting, which is extremely heterogeneous across actors: great Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, John Reilly and the Lees brothers, but the others a little less. All in all, I definitely recommend to see this movie.


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